Guilford District #14: The Village Schools, Part 4

To proceed with this ongoing saga of history, an official notice of the changing of Dist. #14 - Common School to a Union School copied directly from the proceedings of the school from April 1870 to August 1913. However, since this is a rather lengthy documentation (it covers 7 pages) this writer will attempt to consolidate the important segments of this documentation for which credit must be given to the late Walter Uebele for his extensive research.

Beginning the proceedings to change from a Common School to a Union School was consummated by an affirmative vote and the electors in Dist. #14 and a special meeting was called for this purpose.



Charles Clinton, School Commissioner of the Second District of Chenango County did hereby designate a new said district #14 as Union Free School this date August 9,1899. As was related in the article of January 26, 2012 plans had been made previously for a new schoolhouse in Dist. #14. The concept was to build a new consolidated school, however, IT DID NOT WORK OUT THAT WAY. There had been no particular site chosen, no cost given, and in spike of the vagueness, the idea of building was OBJECTED by many members of the community. These procrastinators argued “Taxes are high enough already,” “What do we need a new school for as registration is declining in the school” and so and so on.

At a special meeting of the voters of #14 held June 18, 1900 was called to determine by vote the following questions:

First: Shall tax of $3,500 (voted on a special meeting April 25, 1900) be raised for the purpose in meeting?

Third: Shall old building and site be sold and for what price? This special meeting was dated May 18,1900 and signed by the District Clerk - V. C. Herger,

After one year’s delay of arguments, protests the election was finally taken to build. The readers of this article may assume that throughout the course of these meetings, that many ANGRY WORDS were said, and as an observation, a true statement of one our freedoms; FREEDOM OF SPEECH! However even then the matter was not settled, protests continued, however the old creed “Educate” won as a majority of the voters foresaw the necessity of a good education in a more modern learning atmosphere. Finally on April 8,1897 a meeting was called to vote on the erection of a new school. The final tally was 45 for and 18 against, as was documented in the minutes, not a close vote.


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